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Book/Sefarim recommendations that explore the deeper meaning of Eretz Yisrael?

Does anyone have any Book/Sefarim recommendations that explore the deeper meaning of Eretz Yisrael as a whole and/or specific places in Israel? The books can be in Hebrew or English.
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Who is continuing the Vilna Gaon's tradition today in Israel?

The Vilna Gaon sent all his students to Israel to help with the redemption. However the Vilna Gaon was a major Kabbalist and the "Haredi" people I meet in Israel today are not. Also the ...
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Did King David and his men living among the Philistines transition Israel into the iron age?

Apparently, during the reign of Saul, Israel was not yet in its iron age. See passage below, but Israel seems to be in the iron age during King David's reign. Did David's men learn how to work with ...
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How is a place elevated spiritually?

Can a place become holier or spiritually elevated? If yes, what makes a certain place holier or spiritually elevated? Is it depended upon the people and their actions that are living in it? Can a Holy ...
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Why was Benjamin included with Judah?

When Israel was divided during the reign of Rehoboam, (2 Chronicles 10-11) why was Benjamin included with Judah instead of with the rest of the tribes?
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Approximately how many Jews would make the pilgrimage for aliyas l'regel during its height? How large of a gathering was it?

I've seen some writers talk about the rally in D.C. being the largest single gathering of Jews since Sinai. I would think that is not accurate in that, at the very least, we may have had greater ...
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Is the war to protect the State of Israel from attacks from terrrorists a Milchemes Mitzvah

The Rambam in Melachim 5:1 says that one of the cases of Milchemes Mitzvah is coming to the aid of Jews being attacked by an enemy. Does that mean that the war in Gaza (declared on 07/10/2023) is a ...
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What's Neturei Karta's response to the current situation? [closed]

Everyone knows that Neturei Karta has befriended Iranian and Palestinian leaders. Is there any published material from them (articles, videos, etc) on the genocide that has just occurred? Whose side ...
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Who are some Kings of Ancient Israel who didn't have major flaws/sins/etc.?

The Tanakh isn't at all shy of mentioning the flaws of many of the most famous and looked up to Kings, and for good reasons too. David and Batsheba is one such story as far as I know where David ended ...
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House of Israel Vs House of Judah

In the book of the prophet Yirmiyahu - he refers to both the house of Israel and the house of Judah. However, Israel (the Northern Kingdom) had been destroyed for over ~100 years. Take chapter 5 vs 11 ...
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Ancient DNA - Jews and Canaanites [closed]

A study in 2020 made the claim, using aDNA (Ancient DNA) recovered from Canaanite bodies that the modern Jews are descended from the Canaanites. This seems to lend credence to the claims against an ...
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going to israel on vacation

Why didn't the Lubavitcher Rebbe travel to Israel? When someone asked him, he said that if he went to Israel, according to halacha, he couldn't come back to NYC. So, is it forbiden to go on vacation ...
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How does the existence of Himyarite Kingdom (a Jewish state that formed after the exile) impact the formation of a future Jewish messianic state?

According to the Wikipedia page on this topic, since the reign of Abikarib Asʿad (c. 384-433 CE), Judaism was adopted as the de facto state religion of the Himyarite Kingdom. It seems that Judaism ...
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Did Moshe Rabbeinu fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel by studying them?

I heard that Moshe Rabbeinu asked H'shem to be allowed to fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel, but He answered him: "You won't be able to enter Israel, but as you have studied all the Mitzvot, I ...
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Ship Yalkut Yosef New Version

It seems the Yalkut Yosef has been revised and now includes a total of 32 volumes, comprised of 3 boxes. Unfortunately, all the sets I see online or in the U.S. are of the older 24-volume edition, ...
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What Rabbinic interpretations of the Garden of Eden narrative treat "the serpent" as more the protagonist, instead of the antagonist?

Most interpretations of the Garden narrative treat Adam and Even as protagonists, and the serpent as the antagonist. I am interested here in interpretations that flip some roles. As one example, I ...
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How do Rishonim ignore R Yehuda's opinion on not making aliyah in Ketubot 111a?

As an amateur in the workings of Gemara, and as a Jew who has just made Aliyah, this is a problem that is really biting at me. R Yehuda's statement is obviously Aggadeta, and is seemingly refuted by R ...
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What are the differences between neshama or nefesh yisraelit and neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical sense?

I recall hearing that there are differences between a neshama or nefesh yisraelit and a neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical, kabbalistic, drush or sod sense and I would like to know what those ...
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Where do Israeli nationalist Orthodox movements derive their Halacha?

This isn't a question regarding Israeli politics or issues like that. This question is purely about where these groups (Groups which followed Meir Kahane or similar voices) developed or derived their ...
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Are Agreements made by the State of Israel binding upon the Messianic Kingdom?

It is known from God's commanding David to murder Saul's family over a breach of the Gibeonites' treaty with Joshua that treaties with Enemy goyim are binding, even though Joshua's, Saul's, and David'...
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Justification for a Religious Party to Participate in a Secular Government

I can think of quite a few refrains that I have heard or read from anti-Zionist camps saying that joining the (secular) Israeli government which has a hand in certain aveiros is prohibited due to ...
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Pre-1948 Haredi view on political Zionism and how it developed

Are there any readings discussing the Haredi (Hasidic, orthodox non-Mizrachi) stance on political Zionism prior to the establishment of the State of Israel? Did it change with the establishment of ...
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